There is something new cooking in the US politics pot and this time, as we found out, apparently the US Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Baltimore on behalf of six transgender members of the armed forces.
According to thestranger.com report, transgender soldiers and members of the US military filed two lawsuits over US President Donald Trump’s decision to ban US military service to persons from that community. If you didn’t catch this news, on Friday, Trump signed a memorandum by which abolished the decision of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who from June 2016 allowed transgender people to serve in the military. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Baltimore on behalf of six transgender members of the armed forces, while Lambda Legal in Seattle did the same on behalf of three transgender clients, two of whom are seeking to join the army and one that is already serving.
On Friday, Trump’s plans became official, when he stressed the need to conduct further research on whether transgender people are actually undermining “military effectiveness and assassination, violating the unit’s cohesion or tax deductions for the army.” Josh Block of the American Civil Liberties Union said that any Trump’s claim to justify his decision could be rejected by the defense ministry’s assessment, according to the 021.rs report. Block responded to Trump’s statement by saying “Enabling transgender men and women to serve openly, as well as providing the necessary health services, does not in any way harm the military readiness or cohesion of units.”
One interesting side note is that there is a Memorandum which prohibits the Ministry of Defense from paying for gender change operations, except in cases where it has already begun.